Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 3505
A Douglas DC-4 similar to the missing aircraft
Missing Aircraft
DateJuly 21, 1951 (1951-07-21)
SummaryDisappeared, possibly due to icing conditions
Siteprobably Alaska, U.S.
Aircraft
Aircraft typeDouglas DC-4 (former C-54A/R5D-1)
OperatorCanadian Pacific Air Lines on behalf of the United Nations
RegistrationCF-CPC
Flight originVancouver International Airport, British Columbia, Canada
StopoverElmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, U.S.
DestinationHaneda Army Air Base, Tokyo, Japan
Passengers31
Crew6
Fatalities37
Injuries0
Survivors0

The crash of Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 3505 occurred on 21 July 1951 when a Douglas DC-4 four-engined piston airliner registered CF-CPC of Canadian Pacific Air Lines disappeared on a scheduled flight for the United Nations from Vancouver, Canada, to Tokyo, Japan.[1] Neither the aircraft nor the 31 passengers and six crew have been found.[1][2] The incident marked the first aircraft loss during the Korean Airlift.[3]

Accident

At 18:35 the DC-4 departed Vancouver International Airport, Canada on a scheduled flight to Tokyo; it was due to stop over at Anchorage Airport in Alaska.[2] The flight was on schedule and reported at the Cape Spencer intersection in British Columbia 90 minutes out from Anchorage; it gave an estimate of 24:00 for Yakutat in Alaska.[1][2] The weather in the area was heavy rain and icing conditions with a visibility of 500 feet (150 m).[2] Nothing further was heard from the aircraft, and at 00:44 an emergency warning was issued when the aircraft was overdue to report.[1] The United States Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force carried out an extensive search but failed to find any trace of the aircraft or its 37 occupants.[1] The search was finally called off on 31 October 1951.[1]

Aircraft

The aircraft, a Douglas DC-4 four-engined piston airliner had been built in 1944 for the United States Army Air Forces as a Douglas C-54A Skymaster but on delivery in June 1944 it was diverted to the United States Navy with the designation R5D-1.[4] In 1946, it was converted to a civil Douglas DC-4 standard for Pan American Airlines as Clipper Winged Racer.[4] It was sold to Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1950.[4]

Passengers and crew

All six crew members were Canadian. The 31 passengers included two sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy, 26 members of the United States military and 3 civilian US citizens.

Aftermath

None of passengers aboard the aircraft were ever found. The Douglas DC-4 was presumed destroyed beyond repair.[1]

Probable cause

In 1974, the Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom) reported: "As no traces of the aircraft or its occupants has been found to date the cause of the disappearance has not been determined."[1]

Similar accidents

References

Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Civil Aviation Authority 1974, p. 12/51
  2. ^ a b c d "Canadian Airliner Missing 38 Persons On Board". News. The Times. No. 52060. London. 23 July 1951. col E, p. 7.
  3. ^ "Nr. Yakutat, AK Plane Lost With 38 Aboard". Billings Gazette. AP. 1951-07-21. Archived from the original on 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ a b c Eastwood 1991, p. 123
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